Bury Food Partnership

Bury Food Partnership - Eat, Live, Love Food

Our Vision:

For Bury to be at the forefront of promoting and celebrating good food for all, through a knowledgeable, connected, supported and vibrant food culture.

The priorities of the Bury Food Strategy are that healthy and sustainable food in Bury is:

  • →Promoted and Celebrated
  • → Accessible to All
  • → Built on Education
  • → Vibrant and Resilient
  • → Resourced and Sustainable
  • → Connected and Collective

Members of the Bury Food Partnership are from across all areas of the local food sector and organisations that have an interest in creating a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system in Bury.  Members include representatives from community groups, voluntary sector, private businesses, public health and the public.  

The partnership is chaired by a member of the Bury Health and Wellbeing Board.  This post will be by invitation of the partnership annually, based on appropriate council portfolios. The Public Health Practioner for Food & Health supports the chair and wider partnership in setting agendas and coordinating meetings.

Partnership meetings are held quarterly and report to the Health and Wellbeing Board.

What we do

We successfully launched the Bury Food Strategy in January 2021. The Bury Food Partnership provides the opportunity for partners to share best practice, collaborate as well as to drive the Bury Food Strategy action plan. We are immensely proud of how much has been achieved.  We have an active core partnership of members who meet regularly to focus on the food agenda, and collectively work towards the Food Strategy action plan.  As new partners come on board, the focus of meetings evolves to reflect this.

During the pandemic, the Bury food community excelled itself under the emergency food agenda (prior to the pandemic Bury did not have a food aid network).The Bury Community Support Network (B.C.S.N) chaired by the VCFA comprises of 18 independent food banks/pantries, who directly support people with lived experience of food scarcity. The B.C.S.N regularly meet to focus on food insecurity, to share resources and importantly to support each other and their communities.  Representation from this group feds into the Bury Food Partnership.   

In between quarterly meetings there is range of activity underway and key food-related updates are shared.  

The Bury Food Partnership achieved the Bronze Sustainable Food Places award (June 2022), this has raised the profile of the amazing work underway and kept our momentum going.  This year we launched Bury Market as a Healthy Start destination (May 2023) and had the privileged to sit on the panel at the SFP Day of Action at Westminster with over 40 cross party MPs in the audience, highlighting the importance of local markets for our communities health and wellbeing and the local economy (June 2023). 

During 2023 we have continued to focus on nurturing access to affordable, local, qualitiy produce, and to explore models to support moving from food aid to food trade.


Areas of expertise

Partnership & Collaboration

Food Vision & Action Plan

Awareness and Engagement

Tackling Food Poverty

Promoting Healthy Eating

Good Food Procurement

Climate & Nature Friendly Food